Playing HD video files from Drobo S to Mac Pro via FireWire 800

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by Zoowatch, Sep 8, 2010.

  1. Zoowatch macrumors 6502

    Jan 6, 2004
    Sheffield, UK
    Hi there,

    I am considering to buy a Drobo S with 4 x 2TB 7200 rpm hard drives to store my HD TV Shows / Movies downloads. These are 720p files purchased from iTunes.

    I intend not to use the Drobo as a spare Time Machine back-up, but like an external hard drive with built-in redundency. After moving all of my media files to Drobo, I want to be able to play them straight from there in iTunes / QuickTime.

    However, I have read several reviews that said that Drobo S is slow even with a FireWire 800 connection. Will this be a problem if I want to play a movie file from there?

    Thanks for helping.
  2. philipma1957 macrumors 603


    Apr 13, 2010
    Howell, New Jersey
    drobo is fast enough for your needs , but it has a lot of other issues. other uk buyers have purchased from this seller. 'owc'

    I have two of these. World Computing/MEQX2KIT0GB/

    you could run the system as a raid10 via fw800 it is the same speed as the drobo but IMO safer. pick your own drives. you have the option of getting a raid card and running it via esata for more speed. ask nanofrog how.. esata needs a card fw800 does not.

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